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Youth empowerment skills (YES)


What is the YES programme?

Our Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme starts in April and runs for several months a year, giving 14-19 year-olds in South London the support they need to live with Type 1 diabetes.

Participants meet other young people with Type 1 diabetes, building confidence and developing a peer support network.

YES consists of three days of workshops, where attendees are supported by a trained youth worker and staff from our hospital. The workshops give general health advice, touching on topics like drugs, alcohol and sexual health, as well as how participants can look after themselves and avoid diabetes emergencies.

There are also opportunities to go on social outings and try out new skills such as driving and rock-climbing.

Youth groups

YES and Oasis Youth Support are running weekly youth groups on Zoom for young people with diabetes.

Sessions are run by DBS verified youth workers and under 16s must get permission before joining.

If you are interested, email for more information and how to join.

How can I get involved?

To take part in YES you need to be registered with a GP in south London. (This covers the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth).

You must be referred by either your GP or a member of the team at your diabetes clinic:

If you have any questions, or want to know the date of the next programme, please contact us.

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YES participant Chris Yabro.

Chris Yabro's story

Chris Yabro was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October 2012.

In 2017 he participated in the YES programme, meeting other people in a similar condition.

"It motivates me to take care of myself. Now I understand why it's important to count carbohydrates, check blood sugar and take insulin."

Read Chris' story


  • Attendance of the monthly diabetes and endocrinology clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital has risen from 60% of teenage patients attending 60% of their appointments in 2012 to 77% of patients in 2017.
  • Significant, sustained improvements in blood sugar levels over a 12 month period.
  • A 37% reduction in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) admissions.
  • A 30% reduction in diabetes-related unplanned hospital admissions.